Oh no, what about the “Dear Colleague” letter?

Oh no, what about the “Dear Colleague” letter?

Gavin Grimm, a 17-year old transgender teen from Virginia, sued Gloucester County School Board for making him use the school’s unisex bathroom. Recently, the Supreme Court decided they would not hear this case, and sent it back down to lower courts.

Background on Transgender Rights

In his time as President, Obama sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to school boards, saying that schools “must not treat a transgender student differently from the way it treats other students of the same gender identity.”

Trump has recently rescinded that letter. NPR offers great insight on what this will mean: “This does not change the law. What it does is give states and districts more flexibility in their interpretation of Title IX and how they choose to accommodate transgender students.”

Oh, so what happens now for Gavin?

Before the case was sent up to the Supreme Court, Gavin won a federal appeal saying that “…a school district in rural, coastal Virginia cannot ban a female student from boys’ bathrooms and locker rooms because the Obama administration’s interpretation of Title IX allows students who call themselves transgender to choose their own bathrooms” (Daily Caller).

But with Trump’s rescission of that letter, school disctricts/states now decide for themselves whether they want to enforce gender equality rules or not.

As for the Supreme Court…

“The high court sent the case back down to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in light of the Trump administration’s action. That court will have to decide whether Title IX protects against gender identity discrimination. A federal appeals court has yet to do that and the issue is currently being litigated in other courts across the country. The Supreme Court is more likely to take up a case when a number of courts disagree on an issue.”

Politico

Photo: NBC News

Oh really, the Big Bang Theory stars are doing that?

Oh really, the Big Bang Theory stars are doing that?

A recent Huffington Post article sparked my interest with this opening line: “The five leading stars of CBS’s ‘The Big Bang Theory’ are apparently taking pay cuts so that two of their longtime castmates can get raises.”

The way this article frames their article, especially the title is intriguing.

‘Big Bang Theory’ Leads Taking Pay Cuts So Female Co-Stars Can Get Raises

Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch currently make 20 percent of what their co-stars do.

At first glance, this seems to be an article about Equal Pay, a hot topic lately. The write as if only the males are getting paid more, and they’re willing to take pay cuts so that their female co-stars can get paid more. But that isn’t the case. The “five leading stars” include two women.

The article also makes it seem like they would all be making the same amount per episode with this pay cut, but this is also not the case. But the famous five currently make $1 million per episode, and are willing to cut $100,000 off of that. The new deal with their female co-stars would only bring their total-per-episode to an estimated $450,000.

In a time where the issue of Equal Pay is being brought back to the surface, it’s not the time for articles from well-known news sites to be using clickbait. Interesting choice, Huff, but not today.

Photo: Huffington Post

Oh yes, let’s fluff Trump’s ego more…

Oh yes, let’s fluff Trump’s ego more…

Last week, I posted my opinion of Trump’s use of his Twitter feed. This week, I found an interesting Politico article that I thought would be good follow up.

The article discusses how Trump’s staff has tried to better moderate his tweets by showing him only good articles about himself.

“If candidate Trump was upset about unfair coverage, it was productive to show him that he was getting fair coverage from outlets that were persuadable,” said former communications director Sam Nunberg. “The same media that our base digests and prefers is going to be the base for his support. I would assume the president would like to see positive and preferential treatment from those outlets and that would help the operation overall.”

This is a topic that makes me feisty. When I first started this blog, I wanted to be impartial, and for the most part, I feel like I have succeeded at this. But Trump’s tweets are where I will fully show my opinions. We shouldn’t have to handhold the President of the United States and monitor his social media use. He should have the decorum to censor his messages and definitely have the backbone to accept negative feedback.

What do you think?

Oh it’s a bonus blog post!

I saw this infographic on Snapchat this morning and thought it was important enough to share. In previous posts, I have said that there will always be an opportunity to share your opinion and make a change, no matter how old. This infographic shows how you can be politically active even when you’re not quite old enough to vote yet.

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Because this pic is straight from Buzzfeed’s Snapchat story, I cannot link to it directly, but check it out before the picture expires!

Oh thank you, Alex Jones

Oh thank you, Alex Jones

Sunday, February 19, Alexander Jones of San Antonio, TX was killed in a head-on car crash.

Alex was the 2016-2017 Combined Band Sergeant Major, and just last week was chosen to be the 2017-2018 Combined Band Commander. He was also a member of Ross Volunteer’s, an elite Corps organization. Alex was an Air Force contract, one of the top five ROTC Air Force cadets in the nation, and would go on to be a pilot after graduation, a position that is very difficult to earn.

Anyone that knew Alex knew that he was an exceptional cadet, but he was so much more than that. Alex was a trusted friend, mentor, and brother. The Commandant of the Corps of Cadets said the following sentiments about this amazing young man:

All who knew Alex remember him as a sociable, confident young man who had a resilient work ethic and a good sense of humor. He was a very well-liked young man, and his loss will affect all of us for a long time to come.

I want to offer my condolences to Alex Jones’ family, friends and fellow cadets on his loss. We all stand together as Aggies today as we mourn the loss of one of our own. Alex Jones will be missed by all of us.

As an Aggie, I hope the Jones family will take solace in knowing that Alex will never be forgotten, and that the unique Aggie spirit of camaraderie that is such an integral part of Texas A&M and the Corps of Cadets will hold fast to support them in this very difficult time.

I only met Alex a few times, but my boyfriend Forrest knew him well. Since we found out on Monday, I have heard story after selfless story of things that Alex said and did for Forrest that will touch him forever. I’m so grateful for the impact that you had on him, Alex, and more grateful that Forrest has such sweet memories to hold on to.

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Source: The Eagle, Photo: Corps of Cadets

Oh it’s Presidents’ Day!

Oh it’s Presidents’ Day!

Happy Presidents’ Day friends! For those who got a day off of work or school today, you are one lucky duck. I’m in Evans Library today, trying to stay warm and out of the rain.

As it is a national holiday, I thought today’s post would be an educational one about the origins of Presidents’ Day. History Channel gave this background:

Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.

Now because I’m a diehard Aggie, I don’t just want to show you the nation’s history, but a little Ag history too. In honor of the day, Texas A&M Today shared a list of every president who has visited our fine university:

  • 1937 – Franklin D. Roosevelt – reviewed the Corps of Cadets
  • 1946 – Dwight D. Eisenhower – delivered that year’s Muster address
  • 1962 – Lyndon B. Johnson – visited the Activation Analysis Research Laboratory
  • 1974 – Gerald R. Ford – delivered the commencement speech to the class of ’74
  • 1984 – George H.W. Bush – delivered the commencement speech to the class of ’84
  • 1997 – Jimmy Carter & Bill Clinton – gave speeches for the opening of Bush Library
  • 2008 – George W. Bush – delivered the commencement speech in December ’08
  • 2009 – Barack Obama – spoke at the Points of Light Forum at Bush Library

I hope you enjoyed taking a little break from politics, enjoy the last day of your three-day weekend!

Photo: Texas A&M Today

Oh Trump is making SNL’s ratings skyrocket, you say?

Oh Trump is making SNL’s ratings skyrocket, you say?

Did you see Saturday Night Live last night? Surprisingly, it wasn’t live. Rather, it was a re-run of Dave Chapelle’s episode. According to The Interior Bang, “at the time this episode ran, it was the highest rated episode of the season, and one of the best episodes in recent years.”

SNL decided they would “[take] the week off after last week’s epic ratings smash hosted by Alec Baldwin (who broke his own record with his 17th time at bat for SNL).” Alec Baldwin has his place at SNL sealed now that Trump is President. His impressions of Trump are spot on and are sure to keep the audience laughing.

For as much as SNL loves to write jokes at Trump’s expense, they have him to thank for their record ratings since the November election. Vulture reports that “SNL this season is drawing around 10.6 million viewers each week, its biggest tune-in at this point in a season since 1995.” Trump, even when he makes foolish tweets, or appears in numerous Grammy moments, can still generate hefty revenue for Saturday Night Live and Make America Laugh Again (TM by Kate Hauser, 2017).

Photo: Variety